Watkins Glen is the most recent book from numerous award-winning collections of poetry and short stories, as well as numerous novels. This new work examines finding hope and meaning in life as we progress. It is a deeply human story that looks at how time and fate can change the course of our lives. This can even include changing relationships that were once thought gone.
Susan, a woman in her sixties, finds herself having to take care of her estranged older brother Mark, who has Alzheimer’s. Growing up their father, who was constantly working, but in the summer took time to go away with his family to Watkins Glen. There he became a well known outlaw drag racer in a town known for high-end road racing. After living her life in New York City, Susan moved to Watkins Glen and takes her brother with her. She thinks this will be temporary, but the world has other plans. During the course of his illness, Mark develops a rare, but well-known symptom of dementia known as Acquired Artist Syndrome. This will involve someone who never liked art suddenly becoming obsessed with painting. Mark begins to insist that there is some sort of monster living in Seneca Lake and begins painting the creature. When storm season begins to alter the region he worries that the creature needs protected and continuously wanders looking for it. Susan must look with him and while she knows the creature is not real there is some element of it that does exist.
This is an emotional read that shows a sibling relationship being recreated through a series of events that could not have been expected. Susan’s care for her brother is not something she anticipated, but she is there for him and works to keep him safe during his attempts to find and protect the sea monster. With this return to a place that they grew up in we see a sort of return to a time when they were a family. This is a powerful family focused read that those who life realistic fiction will enjoy. You can get your copy of Watkins Glen on June 21st, but can pre-order today.